Not the Club 20 debate

Jared Polis thinks he’s discovered the magic formula to avoid debating Walker Stapleton on the tough questions that are unique to Western Slope voters.

Step 1. Wussy out of Club 20 debate with unexplainable excuse that you’re too busy doing something super secretive you can’t talk about yet because the timing’s not right.

Step 2. Schedule drive-by stops in a cluster of 10 towns over Labor Day weekend before voters start paying attention to the November election.

Step 3. Stack said meetings with volunteers and supporters who won’t ask hard questions.

That’s just what Polis did so he can claim he truly cares about half the state, because he stopped by some coffee shops, parks, and a fly fishing store to talk for a few minutes about how he won’t sell off public land.

As if that’s the only issue that matters.

Also, he had the audacity to claim in Grand Junction that as governor, he would bring the federal BLM headquarters to the Western Slope.

Shame on the Daily Sentinel for not calling Polis out on that one. Everyone knows that U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner have been at the forefront of the effort, which by the way requires the work of our Congress, not state officials.

Polis came late to that party to finally sign onto a bill supporting the move. When he is no longer a congressman, he no longer has the power to make it happen — governor or not — and he knows it.

Then there’s this from Colorado Politics:

“At the Club 20 debate, Polis would have to answer hard questions about his refusal to support Jordan Cove and his plans to destroy healthcare on the Western Slope,” said state GOP chairman Jeff Hays, referring to the stalled multi-state pipeline and terminal to export Colorado natural gas pipeline and Polis’ universal health care proposal.

“No wonder he’d rather chat with a few supporters in coffeeshops.”

Here’s some snapshots of Polis meeting with the Western Slope masses, all several dozen of them.